Memorial Spaceflights

Dave Becker

1942 - 2018

David was born in Kansas City, KS from Vernon, a methodist minister and Georgia who was a poet and a painter. He was their only child and a rebellious soul who once ran away from home at the age of 4 on his tricycle. He made it to the county line, my Grandma said.

When the family moved to Topeka to set up Grandpa's new parsonage, David was in in his high school years. On their first Sunday Service, my Dad caught my Mom's eye. Sitting in the pews, she poked my aunt in the arm and said "I'm going to marry that boy."

Sure enough they did wed and moved to Southern California and had their only child, Karen. Dave worked for the Gas Company initially and then moved on to a surveying career for the City of Los Angeles. He was incredibly busy with the additions and updates to these busy streets and was a key player in an ambitious project for LAX. The couple eventually ended their marriage in 1975, but remained amazing co-parents to their daughter. He retired after 25 years of service and moved to Southern Oregon to be with his daughter's family. He was proud to be Grandpa Dave to grandson Devin.

Dave's hobbies were Astronomy

Sci-Fi literature, movies and series

World History

14K Mountain Hiking

Weight Lifting

Calculus/ Trig or any Mathematical Challenge

Writing Poems

Time with his Daughter

I believe that my Dad is thrilled for the rest of us to experience such activities these days...billionaires racing to the skies, NASA's huge plans, the captured images of the Webb Telescope and now this amazing opportunity with Celestis. And to think he was happy for his ashes just to go up in a weather balloon!

The qualities that are beloved and unique to Dave...

Curiosity, Exploration, Witty Sense of Humor

Philanthropy, Empathy, Deep Thinking

Intelligence, Thirst for Knowledge, Authenticity

His Dedication to his Family and Friends,

His Smile and the Twinkle in his eyes -

Pure joy beaming straight from his soul

And now a radiant spirit in the universe.


"I'll fly a starship

Across the universe divide

And when I reach the other side

I'll find a place to rest my soul

Perhaps I may become a highwayman again

Or I may simply be a single drop or rain

But I will remain

And I'll come back again and again and again"

Sampled lyrics from The Highwayman

Written by Jimmy Webb

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